Can zesty Zvonareva out-serene Ser­ena?

Wil­liams will at­tempt to take ad­van­tage calmly

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

WIM­BLE­DON, Eng­land — For the women’s fi­nal at Wim­ble­don, Ser­ena will be the serene one.

On one side to­day, we’ll have Wil­liams, wear­ing a straw­berry and cream dress be­fit­ting the oc­ca­sion and hop­ing to cel­e­brate her 13th Grand Slam ti­tle with the same dainty curtsy she showed the queen of Eng­land last week.

On the other side we’ll have Rus­sian Vera Zvonareva, towel draped over her head dur­ing changeovers as if hid­ing from her rep­u­ta­tion for cry­ing jags, tem­per tantrums and col­lapses in big matches.

Wil­liams has been known for the oc­ca­sional out­burst. But her melt­down at the 2009 U.S. Open is a fad­ing me­mory — she gig­gled rem­i­nisc­ing about it last week — and both her com­port­ment and ten­nis have been im­pec­ca­ble through six rounds at Wim­ble­don.

Zvonareva has yet to be seen los­ing her cool, ei­ther, but who knows what goes on un­der that towel? She uses it for refuge dur­ing changeovers to help her con­cen­trate, and the re­sult has been an im­prob­a­ble run to her first Grand Slam fi­nal.

Long re­garded as an un­der­achiever prone to self-de­struc-

Ser­ena Wil­liams

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